Building Care


Vestibules to Be Installed at Seattle Children’s Hospital Emergency Department and River Entrances

Originally posted July 24, 2018. Updated Aug. 2, 2018.

Crews will build and install vestibules at the Emergency Department (ED) and River entrances on Seattle Children’s hospital campus. The vestibules are being installed in preparation for construction of Building Care and will help remove dust and soil from people entering the hospital.

The ED vestibule will be built in the Forest service drive area (near the southwest corner of the hospital) between July 24 and Aug. 8, then installed at the ED entrance between Aug. 9 and Aug. 14. All work to build the vestibule will take place between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; normal construction noise levels are anticipated. On Thursday, Aug. 9, construction crews will move the vestibule into place at the ED entrance with a forklift from 5 to 7 a.m.; the forklift will create minimal noise. This early time period was chosen to minimize disruption to patients and families using the ED entrance. Once in place, installation of the vestibule will continue through Aug. 14 during standard working hours. The ED entrance will remain open during installation.

Work on the River vestibule will take place between July 26 and Aug. 7. To minimize hospital access impacts, the River entrance work will occur at night, between 8:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. weekday nights. Construction lights will be used at the River entrance, and minimal construction noise levels are anticipated. We do not expect noise or lights to impact the hospital’s neighbors.

For questions or concerns, please email

Construction Work on Helen Lane Scheduled for Aug. 8 to Sept. 14

From Wednesday, Aug. 8, to Friday, Sept. 14, construction crews will modify Helen Lane at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Helen Lane is the road that serves the hospital’s River entrance.

The purpose of this work is to straighten Helen Lane, which will then serve as the new hub for Seattle Children’s workforce shuttles. Portions of the existing curb along Helen Lane will be removed so the road can be straightened, then new curb will be poured. Some work will also occur around the traffic circle near the River entrance. Helen Lane and the River entrance will remain open during construction.

Normal levels of construction noise are anticipated. Work will occur between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

Please contact with questions or concerns.

Announcing a Name for the Forest B Expansion on the Hospital Campus

The upcoming Forest B expansion has a name: Building Care. You may recall that Forest A was named “Building Hope,” and our newest research building downtown is “Building Cure.” Groundbreaking for Building Care is scheduled for fall 2018, with anticipated completion in 2021. As the demand for Seattle Children’s services continues to grow, we need additional space to adequately care for our patients and families. Building Care will help us meet many of those needs. Stay up-to-date on Building Care progress by subscribing to this blog. For questions or concerns, call the construction pager at 206-469-5860.

Work Taking Place Along West Side of Seattle Children’s Starting Oct. 16; Significant Noise Expected

Starting Monday, Oct. 16, work will take place along the west side of the River zone at Seattle Children’s hospital campus. This is part of the prep work needed for upcoming construction of Building Care (the Forest B zone) which is scheduled to begin fall 2018.

Work will take place on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is expected to last for 10 to 15 business days. It involves saw-cutting the walkway slab and using a vacuum truck to remove dirt and debris; both activities will result in significant noise. Everything will be done to complete work as quickly and with as little disruption to patients, their families and neighbors as possible. For questions or concerns please email We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.